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Mandy Rose has teased that the entire Toxic Attraction group could jump to WWE’s main roster soon.

Rose told Ryan Satin on ‘Out Of Character’ that it’d make sense if she joined Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne on Raw and SmackDown soon, especially if that led to a feud with Bayley’s Damage CTRL faction – Mandy loves the thought of tangling with Bayley, Dakota Kai and IYO SKY.

The reigning NXT Women’s Champion (who has held the belt since October 2021) doesn’t think she’d need to drop the third brand’s top prize before hitting WWE’s flagship shows. Being fair, the fact that Triple H now calls the shots probably means that NXT will get a little more spotlight on Raw and SmackDown anyway.

‘The Game’ is unlikely to scoff at the thought of Rose carrying her title around on Monday and Friday nights.

Mandy thinks Toxic Attraction should be considered the best female trio in pro wrestling, and she’s very proud of how far Gigi and Jacy have come in a relatively short period of time. Now, she’s looking forward to taking the concept further.

Mandy Rose has been the “NXT” Women’s Champion for 330 days and counting. Partnering up with Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne, the trio known as Toxic Attraction established their presence pretty quickly upon their “NXT” arrival. During Rose’s current reign, Dolin and Jayne have held the “NXT” Women’s Tag Team Championships twice, and the faction has been a focal point on the show since the “NXT 2.0” rebrand. 

On the main roster, a new women’s stable emerged recently with Bayley returning from injury alongside Dakota Kai and IYO SKY to form Damage CTRL. Being the only two all-women groups in WWE today, Rose was asked, while on “Out of Character with Ryan Satin,” about interest in a potential six-woman tag match between them down the road. “Bayley’s trio, I think, is super cool,” Rose responded. “I think it would be really awesome to face off … [against Damage] CTRL.”

Damage CTRL has been on “Monday Night Raw” every week since coming onto the scene as a group at SummerSlam. Kai and SKY have since won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship by defeating Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah, and Bayley looks to add more gold to the mix when she challenges for the “Raw” Women’s Championship, held by Bianca Belair, at WWE Extreme Rules.

Dolin and Jayne have appeared on the main roster previously, registering two tag team matches together on “Smackdown.” Prior to her current “NXT” run, Rose was full-time on the main roster from 2017 to 2021.

WWE announced that Toxic Attraction have been pulled from the Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament due to an injury sustained by Gigi Dolin, and according to Dave Meltzer in the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, that was due to her suffering a concussion. 

The former “NXT” Women’s Tag Team Champions were originally supposed to be part of “WWE Raw” this week to promote Friday’s show, but it is unknown whether or not they are being officially brought up to the main roster. 

Dolin and Jacy Jane were able to defeat Natalya and Sonya Deville in their quarter-final match, but it was during that encounter were Dolin reportedly hurt herself. They were originally scheduled to compete on “WWE SmackDown” later this week against Raquel Rodriquez and Aliyah, but that match has been changed. 

Instead this week the company will be putting on a ‘second chance’ fatal four-way tag team match between all the teams that were defeated in the quarter-final stage of the competition, with the winners then advancing to face Rodriguez and Aliyah in the semi-final. 

On the other side of the bracket, IYO SKY and Dakota Kai have already booked their place in the final of the tournament after they defeated Alexa Bliss and Asuka on “WWE Raw” this week, but it is currently unknown when the title match itself will be taking place. 

Toxic Attraction were not initially meant to be in the tournament, but they replaced the team of Nikkita Lyons and Zoey Stark after the latter reportedly suffered an injury at NXT Heatwave during her “NXT” Women’s Championship match against Mandy Rose. It had also been rumored that Lyons was unable to appear due to her Covid-19 vaccination status, but that is something she ended up refuting.

Toxic Attraction’s Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne were a last-minute addition to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, and their success has impressed the man that brought them into the fold in the first place. Former head of “NXT” and current head of WWE creative Paul “Triple H” Levesque took to Twitter to comment on the duo’s main roster debut.

“Seizing the moment,” Levesque said simply, quote-tweeting the official WWE Twitter account’s post about Dolin and Jayne moving on in the tournament.

Dolin and Jayne replaced Nikkita Lyons and Zoey Stark in their first round match in the tournament to crown new champions. Stark was injured on Tuesday during a WWE NXT Women’s Championship match against champion Mandy Rose, while Lyons was simply referred to as “medically unavailable.” Toxic Attraction went on to defeat Natalya & Sonya Deville on “WWE SmackDown” in their debut, a likely point of pride for the man that brought them into “WWE NXT” as developmental talent — Dolin in 2021, Jayne in 2020. The pair have been two-time “NXT” Women’s Tag Team Champions while backing up reigning “NXT” Women’s Champion Mandy Rose. Dolin and Jayne will compete in the semifinals of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament on August 26.

Levesque took over the creative direction of WWE at the end of July, and in the time since, the televised product has seen the returns of numerous released stars, including Dakota Kai and Dexter Lumis. One of Levesque’s changes also appears to be the renewed focus on the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship — with the titles dormant since May, when they were vacated by Sasha Banks and Naomi when they reportedly walked out of “WWE Raw,” the long-awaited tournament to crown new champions was finally announced at the beginning of August.

WWE NXT 2.0 Halloween Havoc was a full-circle moment for Toxic Attraction, as all three members became brand new champions. The leader of the pack and new NXT Women’s Champion, Mandy Rose, made her first post-championship win appearance this week on WWE’s The Bump to express what a celebration it is for her group to become the latest faces in the black and gold division.

But first, Rose had her former Absolution leader and inaugural NXT Women’s Champion Paige to thank for contributing to her accomplishments. Saying she provided the necessary leadership skills to help stars like her and Toxic Attraction allies Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne.

“[She begins by comparing her time in Absolution to now leading Toxic Attraction] Some people out there have made that comparison. Paige was always an amazing leader for Sonya [Deville] and I, especially so early in our careers. She always guided us,” Rose commented. “She always gave us little tips that, maybe, you don’t think that they’re going to help you in your career, whether it’s not relating to wrestling, too. That’s what I feel like I’m doing now. I have to say, you learn from the best. Paige is one of the best.

“I’m not doing that just for Toxic Attraction, but with the other women as well. I think when you’re developing in NXT, sometimes it can be a little overwhelming, and it can be stressful because you have a lot of cooks in the kitchen. You’re trying to develop your character and who you are. That’s what I’ve noticed since I’ve been down there is, like, trying to help the girls be in the moment and enjoy the moment, and also, be who you want to be. There’s a lot of people out there that think they know who you are, but you know who you are the most. I’m very motivated by helping them, but it’s also really rewarding for me because I see the girls, and I was there at that moment, and sometimes it’s hard. Having someone like me there who’s been in the business for 5-6 years, which isn’t a long time, but having some of that experience goes a long way, I think.”

Going from the “Golden Goddess” to “Mandy Rose 2.0” Rose credits Sarray and her dropkick misfire for bringing out her more ruthless side that hasn’t been displayed ever before in her career.

“In the moment, it didn’t feel like a blessing in disguise, but it was because I’m tired of it always being about my looks. ‘She’s just a pretty face.’ I’ve heard it since day one. It was about time that I wanted to bring that ruthless aggression. I think last night was a true example of that,” Rose stated.

Rose said it was touching to hear from fans, colleagues, and of course, her dad after last night’s victory. She told the panel her dad is her biggest fan, and for a long time now, he’s been chomping at the bit to see his daughter win her first-ever championship in WWE.

“It was really awesome. I’m still getting all of that support,” Rose exclaimed. “It’s really nice to hear from colleagues, especially like Becky Lynch, for instance. There were so many other women: Nattie, Liv Morgan, Carmella, all the girls. I miss them tremendously.

“Even people from back home. My dad is my biggest fan. Thank God I won last night because if I were going to lose again, he was probably gonna have another heart attack ’cause every time I’m on TV, he’s like, ‘Call me right afterward.’ He’ll be like, ‘When are you going to start winning?’ I’m like, ‘Dad, relax.’ Anyway, it’s so amazing to get all of that support. I’m really happy, and I’m very grateful.”

Fresh off the heels of winning the NXT Women’s Championship at WWE NXT Halloween Havoc, Mandy Rose showed glee in her eyes and pep in her step when speaking with the panel on WWE’s The Bump about her first-ever title win.

“It felt really good waking up as champion,” Rose indicated with a smile. “I’m really excited! This has been a long time coming. I put in the work, and I feel like it’s well deserved.”

Calling herself “The face of NXT 2.0” Rose believes winning the championship last night solidified that self-proclaimed statement. With that said, she is glad to have made her comeback on the black and gold brand.

“I’ve been making waves since I’ve been in NXT. I think, sometimes, you never know what the reason may be or why you’re there. But at the end of the day, no matter what it is, or wherever I am, all the way since my bodybuilding days to Tough Enough to WWE, no matter what it is, I just show out,” Rose declared. “I put in the work. I’m a true believer that you gotta take risks in life. At the end of the day, I was given this opportunity to go to NXT. I don’t really know why; it doesn’t really matter. I know that I was going to show up and show out, and that’s what I did.”

Not only did Rose of Toxic Attraction walk out with new gold, but so did her comrades Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne as the brand new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. Now that they’re all draped in gold and the pinnacles of their respective divisions, Rose considers it time for the women’s division to bow down to them.

“Well, it’s pretty obvious. I think Toxic Attraction is ready to take over,” Rose stated. “Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne are incredible athletes. I’m super excited for them. I think, also, while helping them grow in NXT and develop their characters, I didn’t think in the beginning, it would help me grow as much as well. So, that’s a big take-home I have. When you’re helping other people, you don’t know what you’re going to learn too and how you’re going to evolve.

“We all have this kind of chemistry. With my character evolving, I was getting tired of the same old thing about this ‘Golden Goddess’ and ‘God’s Greatest Creation,’ and it was all about my looks and whatnot. I want people to start appreciating my work and show some more respect – the respect that I deserve. At the end of the day, Mandy Rose 2.0 came out, and she’s a little more edgier. And now, she’s champion.”